Grateful Dead Live at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on 1983-06-18
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- Grateful Dead
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Sennheiser 421's> Sony D-5 taped by Jim Wise; cass master> CDR; via Tony Gardner with thanks to Paul Bottiglio; Note-May circ with mislabelled tracks, they would read 6-13-83
- 2004-06-20 16:44:49
- Saratoga Springs, NY
Subject: Everything you wanted
We arrived early morning after driving all night and the town was already grooving with heads doing their morning routine. By noon I swear the whole town was dosed.The circus had arrive, the train had pulled in, the inmates were in charge of the asylum.
This isn't the usual reviewer hyperbole — i've been to a lot of pre-coma shows and this one was special. Some guy took off all his clothes, climbed the pavilion wall and fell off; heads running through woods; big bad police chasing skinny road rats. And lots and lots and lots of blotter, pyramids, lots of everything, everywhere. Damn, it was fun.
Everyone justifiably raves about Scarlet Fire & Wheel & Morning Dew. Somebody else said it — they called the weather. The Gods provided a light show.
It was a long show. My favorites: Althea, Scarlet Fire, Wheel, Morning Dew.
Man I miss those days.
Subject: My 4th show
Subject: What's your excuse
Subject: The very words Saratoga Springs are red
Subject: Babe it Ain't No Lie
Subject: Not Just One More Saturday Night
I still remember the gate - W had her camera under her shirt, and we were nervous she'd have it taken away. The suspenders were killing us at that point :)). But then we stepped through the gate, and it was like being told you could breath again after holding it for for a year.
Shortly afterward, as we made our way between the trees towards the PAC, a dwarf with a bota ran up to us, crying "Drink! Drink!". So we did :)))
The PAC was completely alive. I have never seen that kind of energy in anything before or after. It was like a 47,000 headed thing had just danced into the room. At first I went up on the balcony, but after a while I went down front to check things out, and.. it was close :))))
I got completely lost on the way out, but somehow found my way back to the bus, where everybody else had just returned, minutes before. We slept there in the lot, and left the next morning along with a bunch of other sleepy stragglers.
Oh, the show? It was freakin' amazin' :)))))
Subject: My dog has no nose
Subject: cry babies
Subject: thanks to archive.org for recapturing lost time...
Overall, 'twas a good show. Jerry was in fine musical form w/ his hair in ponytails. Quote Bob sometime in set one, "one of Jerry's speakers just barked it's little heart out so we're gonna' fix it...", which is cut from this recording. Don't remember much past that ergo the title of this review.
More memorable was the drive back to CT - the VW microbus literally lost a rear wheel on the highway leaving the back of the van dragging on the asphalt at 50 miles / hr. Sparks were flying but miracles ensued: no one was injured by the wheel that rolled across the median into oncoming traffic, no fire or explosion despite the proximity of the gas tank to sparks and, the single bolt that held the wheel to the axle of said minibus (by design!) was not lost. An elderly couple in a Winnebago in view of all this pulled over and helped us get back on our way.
I was sold on the Dead from then on...
Subject: A good time was had by all.....
In any event, this is one of many shows that sounds as good years after the fact as it did that night..... So it stays in my top 15 for combination of musical quality and enjoyment with friends along for the trip....
Subject: cooler water
Subject: dont forget
Subject: Its all downhill (not really)
Download this one for the first set and encores, but download the PCM for the second set. Its a little cleaner and uncut.
Subject: 10-Star Dew, 3-Star Show
It did rain in '83, but not badly, just some light rain and thunderstorms nicely timed during Fire and Wheel (when Mother Nature responded to "if the thunder don't get you then the lightning will" with some aptly-timed forks of light in the sky, I really thought: there's got to be more to this than meets the eye...).
So the show has its ups and downs, but the ups are well worth it. Sound is average, but far better than the swirly Nakamichi-bred copy I've had for some 24 years.
High points: Nice boppy first set, Good Bertha and Jack Straw. Scarlet/Fire has some reallynice moments, and Playin' is a nice ethereal jam.
OK, Dew. Phil can be heard crumbling the pyrimids of Giza with his double and triple-stop bombs that are falling all over the place. Being about halfway up the grass bowl outside, these notes are still vibrating inside me. Damn!!!
After the mellow bit, when the boys come back up to intensity for the finale, there is a collective "scrubbing groundswell" never before or since heard by these ears (except on tape, of course). Imagine tens of thousands of screaming nuts being simultaneously transported to another planet by five mortal beings. The ovation at the end of Dew is also just a beauty to behold.
My favorite GD moment, and one I'll carry with me forever. If I ever need to smile, I just think about that minute or so at the end of Dew and everything else becomes much easier.
Subject: The GD flat out delivered at SPAC
Being from the east coast I have special place for GD SPAC shows. I think they loved the venue too and it showed.
Subject: The Dew!
Subject: trying to remember this one
ok well now it won't let me post without rating, therefore I will give it a four. Since I can't remember it as clear as other East Coast shows, like Ithaca, Lewiston ME, spectrum 4/82 (greatest shakedown ever, and a blessed DEw) and the radioactive music hall was fun.
and oh yeah since I'm actually posting and I'll probably not get around to it again like forever, I wonder about the existance for public consumption of JGB performances. The particular ones that comes to mind from that era (I was in school in Boston at the time) are Ocean State PAC in Providence and the Orpheum. No I don't remember dates, but I remember it was John Kahn and Merle Saunders and Jerry and the girls. I remember cold weather too. And ok, speaking of John Kahn, how about Old and in the Way? These are the questions that I wonder about, any help would be preesciated.
Does anyone know a guy named Father Bones?
Subject: "The Dew!!!"
Subject: Nestled between the
Marin 84 and spac 84 are also sweet herioned out funky Althea's. Jerry sounds boss on this one and Brent is bad ass along with the rest of the band. those were the days
as mentioned the Scarlet>Fire (wet slippery licks on Fire) and of coarse the Dew is moNSTer.
Subject: I guess it doesn't matter . . .
Subject: GREAT SHOW
We used same mic's w/ shotgun extensions, our tape had more punch, less audience. This is VERY listenable, though!
Subject: Filled with energy and tight playing by the band...
Subject: 10 th row center
My first summer tour with memories that will last forever. I just remember feeling so alive and happy to experience an era in music and culture that will never happen again. I truly love this band and the music.
Subject: Not So Hot
If you want a great Dew from this era - get 11-2-85 Oade source.
Subject: Classic '83 show
Subject: The mooooooorrrrrrrrrrrnnnnng deeeeuw tooooday
Subject: What a great Morning Dew
Where this show really shines is The Wheel > Playin Reprise > Morning Dew. First time I heard these versions, the goosebumps on my arms and legs got so big, they pushed all the hairs out. The Wheel > Playin Reprise > Morning Dew is so good, my arms and legs are bald because of it!
Seriously, download this show... even if it's just for the The Wheel > Playin Reprise > Morning Dew. You won't be disappointed.
Oh, and an excellent version of Fire on the Mountain!
EDIT: Someone said something about this version of Morning Dew being the best they've ever heard - agreed, another reason this show gets five stars.
Subject: Great Show
Also, this is by far the best Dew I have EVER heard...cm
The Scarlet >Fire is OFF THE HOOK. The transition is so cool. They bring it down to a slow, slow groove, then break into Fire & build it back up. The crowd is on FIRE ! Great entergy throughout the show! Jerry really had some serious energy on this night!!
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